Rosacea combined with pregnancy place strains on my skin care routine. Since getting a plus on that stick, I have replaced all my skincare with organic versions. We do take up chemicals through the skin and parabens, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate are now banned in my bathroom. Parabens, preservatives found in 85 percent of cosmetics, bother me especially as they mimic estrogen in the body. Sure, it’s a weak effect but anything that falls in the category “endocrine disruptive chemicals” are off the table for me as long as I’m pregnant or breast feeding.
Now to the next problem. I have spent YEARS finding products that work well for my terribly sensitive and dry skin. Not only do I have eczema and rosacea, the pregnancy brought on Perioral Dermatitis (flaky breakouts around the nose, mouth and eyes related to rosacea). Only now I could not take antibiotics to stave it off. So I needed really calming, organic skin care products that still felt good on my dry skin and gave some sense of luxury. As well as a tinted moisturizer that didn’t cake or end up looking flaky by the end of the day. I tried SO MANY PRODUCTS! And read SO MANY INGREDIENTS LISTS. I even did trials where I ran two creams on two halves of my face for a week to see what was best at staving off breakouts. Luckily, I found my favorites and my face is now balanced and 90% happy without antibiotics. The last 10% go up and down, probably related to the pregnancy hormones.
Might as well share results. Do note that these creams all work wonders for anyone who is looking for good, nourishing skin care!
Best organic creams for Rosacea/Perioral Dermatitis:
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue – popular, luxurious and natural alternative favored by many bloggers. Was my go-to when the break-out was the worst! Smells lovely. Pricey but worth it. Best product for PD I have tried to date.
Estelle&Thild Biocalm Nourishing Night Cream – a Swedish brand originally developed for babies and pregnant mothers. This cream works very well for me in the daytime too. Luxurious feel.
Egyptian Magic – Just a handful of ingredients – olive oil, bees wax, propolis… This cult cream a very oily, rich option for nights where winter weather required more nourishment for my flaky skin. No calming properties but didn’t irritate.
Weleda Baby Nappy Change Cream – at night, when I had my worst breakouts, I would put on some of this. The zink and calendula was healing and calming but the white residue did not make it suitable for daytime.
Makeup has been hard. Most people I know with rosacea use mineral makeup. For me, with flaky skin, that looks caked. I use very lightly tinted moisturizers.
Galénic Teint Lumiere – a favorite from a French pharmacy. Hard to find and not organic, though it does not contain the chemicals I try to avoid. Very light tint and softly moisturizing, it did not irritate the Perioral Dermatitis or even look like I was wearing makeup. It just smoothed everything out, calmed it down.
Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream– one of my favorite natural brands, even if their calming creams did not do it for me. This tinted moisturizer is so far the only organic one I have found at a decent price that is so moisturizing it does not make my skin look dry by the end of the day. Quite rich, and a darker tone to make you look “sun kissed” but works well with a touch of powder. If heavier creams are a trigger for your rosacea/PD, I might be careful with this one.
These are great products for dry or dry-normal skin but both Jurlique and Estelle&Thild have products for normal or oily-normal skin as well. All the brands above are solid choices!